June 20, 2012 – New Canaan, CT
On most days, we get several questions about the Chevy Volt. On others, we seem to get bombarded. It seems the more Chevy Volts we deliver to customers, the more exposure the car gets and the more consumers all around the metro New York market ask questions.
If you’ve been visiting this site, you’ve read our reports on how well the Volt performs in real world use. But rather than us telling you about the Volt, today we thought we’d share the opinion of the automotive experts at Motor Trend Magazine. One thing is sure about automotive journalists – they are not shy about expressing their opinions!
Motor Trend keeps a small selection of vehicles in what they call their ‘long-term test fleet’. They keep these vehicles for one year and they see some fairly heavy use. Various Motor Trend Staff members will use these vehicles for everyday driving, company business, as well as longer road trips. In the case of the Chevrolet Volt, they have recently concluded their one year use and amassed 26,861 miles in the process. That is definitely higher than normal annual use, and, in all honesty, not the optimum for an Electric Car like the Volt. That said, the Volt performed brilliantly.
The full text of their report is below, but our favorite lines are these: “the real headline here is that nothing ever went wrong the car. Zip. Zero. It was breathtakingly reliable, given that the Volt is (and try arguing this with me) the biggest quantum jump in automotive technology in decades.”
Had Motor Trend taken delivery of their new Chevy Volt from KARL Chevrolet, we would have certainly reviewed our suggested maintenance plan which includes an annual oil change for the onboard gasoline powered generator. We have also suggested a six month service visit to allow our technicians the chance to rotate your Volt’s tires, complete a general vehicle inspection and ensure that all software is up to date. Other than that, you are looking at a car than can SIGNIFICANTLY reduce your vehicle operating expenses while being kind to the environment. It all adds up to a remarkable vehicle.
If you would like to experience what driving electric could do for your budget, please contact us to arrange a personal private test drive of the Chevy Volt.